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We’ll toast to a casual weekend brunch any chance we get, whether we’re celebrating a spring birthday, hosting a wedding shower or just feel like trying out a few new recipes in the kitchen. There’s nothing better than a house full of friends and family on a bright Sunday morning.
The secret to a successful Sunday brunch is creating a warm, relaxed atmosphere and offering a unique, indulgent menu complete with a variety of beverages. Send out those e-vites and start planning! Here’s how to host a top-notch Sunday brunch for any occasion this Spring.
A late-morning gathering has a relaxed vibe, so make your home feel that way too. We love the idea of hosting a buffet-style brunch, so guests can pick and choose what they’d like to enjoy. If you prefer a sit-down meal, keep it family-style by passing around dishes and platters of food rather than serving pre-plated meals.
When it comes to decor, use bright-colored plates, light linen tablecloths, and pots of spring daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips to highlight the season. If it’s a celebratory brunch, consider offering packets of seeds or mini-potted plants as party favors.
If the weather is cooperative and you have space, host the brunch outside on a patio or deck (with a space heater or fire pit ready to go). You can make a grassy lawn work too with the help of a few picnic tables! If you plan to stay indoors, make the room as light and bright as possible with open drapes, overhead lighting and even a table centerpiece of candles to create warm late-morning ambiance.
When it comes to Sunday brunch, what’s on the drink menu is usually the first question asked. Consider setting up a build-your-own coffee and hot tea bar in an area where guests can linger and visit as they arrive.
You’ll need the following:
Then, offer several mix-ins for the hot beverages. Flavored coffee syrups, honey for the tea, flavored creamers, mini marshmallows for the cocoa, packets of sugar and stevia and of course, a small pitcher of a2 Milk® will round out the coffee bar — we especially love whole milk for coffee.
We also love the idea of offering a small appetizer near the mugs. Crisp biscotti, chocolate-covered espresso beans, or mini muffins will appease your guests while they wait for their meal.
As you plan which breakfast-meets-lunch foods to prepare, learn if any of your guests have special dietary considerations such as a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or low-sugar diet. Aim for having at least two main entree options and a variety of side dishes so each guest can find plenty to enjoy. Tip: Simple options like vegetable trays and fruit kebabs that don’t have any hidden ingredients make great appetizers for all guests.
Typical breakfast foods such as eggs, pancakes, crepes, and oatmeal are perfect for a Sunday brunch. To make them easier to keep warm and serve, consider casserole-style egg bakes or quiches instead of over-easy or scrambled eggs.
When it comes to pancakes, waffles or French toast, keep them warm in a 180-degree oven until it’s time to eat. Then serve on a warmed platter.
Breakfast casseroles featuring a biscuit crust and an egg-meat-vegetable filling are also popular. This can easily be customized to meet the needs of your guests by using gluten-free biscuit dough for those with a gluten intolerance, or by omitting meat for any vegetarians.
Here are a few recipes to delight every palate:
Think spring and create a colorful rainbow-inspired fruit salad from fresh strawberries, Mandarin orange segments, pineapple chunks, halved green grapes, whole blueberries and blackberries. Use lemon yogurt as a simple dressing, or just top the fruit with a sprinkle of shredded coconut and orange zest.
When it comes to vegetables, go with a seasonal selection. Consider oven-roasted asparagus spears served with lemon wedges, a medley of pan sautéed yellow and green squash or steamed broccoli with a decadent cheese sauce.
Other great side dishes to try (if you haven’t already) include: dauphinoise potatoes, orange-glazed rolls, homemade banana bread, honey-glazed carrots or gluten-free cinnamon roll bites work great for any bunch menu.
More recipes to browse for inspiration:
During the meal, offer your guests a cold drink, even if they are lingering over their coffee bar creation. Iced water with a trio of lemon, orange and lime slices, fresh squeezed orange-tangerine juice, a fruity red wine sangria cocktail or classic mimosas will always be greatly appreciated.
For the kids, serve up ice cold a2 Milk® 2% Chocolate or Whole with a swirl of strawberry syrup. Use frosty glass mugs for the teenagers (perfectly Instagram-able).
Let’s get this party started! After you choose a date for your Sunday brunch, start a shopping list. Visit the farmers market for the freshest produce and splurge on locally raised meats. Use a2 Milk® to make your baked goods, egg dishes, or to add to your guests’ beverages. a2 Milk® is a healthy dairy option that’s easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort. Find it in a location near you by searching our online store locator here!
See? Hosting a Sunday brunch can be fun. Cheers!